Cockroaches In Washington
COCKROACH PREVENTION IS ESSENTIAL FOR PROTECTING YOUR HEALTH
Cockroaches can be a very troublesome and hated pest. Cockroaches are a pest that can cause a lot of distress and contamination in occupants' homes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they can be "unhygienic and scavengers of human settlements." Here are the facts about the health hazards they pose and how to prevent them.
Are Cockroaches Dangerous?
Cockroaches in Washington pose many hazards to your home and family. Cockroaches can transmit many pathogens and cause disease. They can also trigger other health conditions. The National Pest Management Association estimates that cockroaches are present in 78 to 98% of urban homes. Cockroaches are at their best when temperatures exceed 70 degrees. This is why they are often found in the American South as well as warm areas throughout the world.
Food Contamination & Food Poisoning
Roaches can carry 33 types of pathogens and harmful bacteria on their bodies. This is due to the fact that they crawl through trash, feces, and other waste in order to gain access to food sources. These pathogens can be spread to food by contaminating it. E. coli and salmonella are just a few of the pathogens they can carry. Ingestion of these bacteria can lead to food poisoning or other gastrointestinal illnesses. Digestive system infections can cause diarrhea with blood, stomach pain, cramping, vomiting, and other symptoms that can last for several days.
Cockroaches are known to cause allergic reactions. Cockroaches can cause allergic reactions through their saliva, shed exoskeletons and droppings as well as other substances. This could lead to a host of reactions in immunocompromised or health-sensitive people. If they are exposed to skin, cockroaches can cause skin reactions such as rashes. Although they don't bite, their leg spines can scratch or abrade skin at the surface and cause allergic reactions or infection.
Although cockroaches are not a cause of asthma, their allergens and deposits can trigger asthma attacks. If the cockroaches' waste is allowed to remain in the home's air, it can cause asthma symptoms such as difficulty breathing and a sensitive respiratory system.
Other Cockroach Diseases
Historical research has shown that cockroaches can also carry other types of dangerous diseases such as:
- Dysentery is a severe intestinal infection, often causing bloody diarrhea and fever.
- Typhoid fever: caused by salmonella contamination. Typhoid symptoms include high fever and stomach pains, as well as constipation or diarrhea.
How to Deal with Cockroaches
A homeowner can take steps to prevent or eliminate cockroach infestations. You can do this by keeping your home clean, especially when you're cooking.
There are four main species of cockroaches you should be aware of: American cockroaches (German), Oriental cockroaches (Oriental cockroaches), Brown-banded and German cockroaches. They can range in color from reddish-brown to black and are primarily nocturnal. This means that they hide in dark corners and crevices, as well as flee from the light. Although you may not be able to see them immediately, they are worth addressing.
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